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Assistant Deputy Commissioner

City of Philadelphia
Mantua, New Jersey, US
Closing date
Jan 15, 2022

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Company Description

A best-in-class city that attracts best-in-class talent, Philadelphia is an incredible place to build a career. From our thriving arts scene and rich history to our culture of passion and grit, there are countless reasons to love living and working here. With a workforce of over 30,000 people, and more than 1,000 different job categories, the City of Philadelphia offers boundless opportunities to make an impact.

As an employer, the City of Philadelphia values inclusion, integrity, innovation, empowerment, and hard work above all else. We offer a vibrant work environment, comprehensive health care and benefits, and the experience you need to grow and excel. If you're interested in working with a passionate team of people who care about the future of Philadelphia, start here.

What We Offer
  • Impact - The work you do here matters to millions.
  • Growth - Philadelphia is growing, why not grow with it?
  • Diversity & Inclusion - Find a career in a place where everyone belongs.
  • Benefits - We care about your well-being.
Agency Description

The Philadelphia Fire Department (PFD) provides 24/7/365 all hazards emergency response (fire and emergency medical services) to the citizens of Philadelphia, in addition to comprehensive hazard prevention and risk reduction services. With a history dating back over 150 years, PFD employs almost 3000 women and men dedicated to promoting the cornerstones of PFD's culture: honor, integrity and service. PFD seeks to be recognized as a leader in the Fire & EMS industries for health & safety and as an employer of choice for fire & medical professionals.

Job Description

The PFD is hiring for an Assistant Deputy Commissioner position, which is an executive-level role responsible for forecasting, planning & analyzing across a variety of administrative services and/or projects in support of Fire Department activities. The Assistant Deputy Commissioner will be responsible for evaluation of policy, operational, and administrative functions; inclusive of strategic initiatives and special projects. Understanding the social and economic climate, the Assistant Deputy Commissioner will strategically investigate, recommend, and lead the implementation of projects that will position PFD to accomplish its goals.

Position will report directly to a Deputy Commissioner, Chief of Staff, or Commissioner. Selected candidate must be able to exercise considerable initiative, flexibility, and independent judgment within assigned area of responsibility.

Essential Functions

Generalized responsibilities
  • Seek out new initiatives and/or opportunities consistent with PFD's vision and mission.
  • Develops and implements new programs or projects.
  • Demonstrate continuous effort to improve operations (whether field operations, fire- or EMS related administrative projects, or internal administrative projects), streamline work processes, and work cooperatively and jointly for improved results.
  • Provides research and assistance to leadership in the development and design of any new projects or initiatives, which will be across many diverse disciplines.
  • Works with vendors and internal/external stakeholders to establish and achieve goals.
  • Coordinates the activities of a cross-functional and/or cross-departmental team, including uniformed and non-uniformed personnel.
  • Builds collaborative working relationships with internal and external stakeholders (i.e. - other public safety agencies/boards, labor organizations, division heads, legal counsel and city personnel) to effect the understanding and advancement of PFD's vision and missions.
  • Manages program or project status and information in the form of formal briefings, project update meetings, and written, electronic, and graphic reports.
  • Possesses willingness and capability to "adopt" stalled projects and step in to lead such projects to completion.
  • Assumes responsibility and leadership to see projects or programs to completion or implementation.
  • Provides overall prioritization and director of work assignments, team resources, etc. Monitors and creates project deliverables.
  • Develops budgets, timelines, and ensures progress on programs and/or projects Uses formal processes and tools to manage resources, budgets, risks, and changes.
  • May be responsible for managing the complete life cycle of moderately-to-highly complex projects, including approval, planning, execution, and closeout to ensure planned results are achieved on time.
  • May be involved with developing overall project plans and approach and scoping out staffing and resource needs.
Competencies, Knowledge, Skills And Abilities
  • Exercises consistent sound, independent judgment and discretion in matters of significance.
  • Displays equal willingness to lead as well as serve as one of the team, as the situation arises.
  • Possesses excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Is comfortable with working with diverse populations
  • Is comfortable with working with range of staff, from entry-level to executive leaders
  • Possesses strong analytical skills with great attention to details
  • Has excellent computer skills, including comfort with MS Office suite and remote working applications
  • Has experience with presentation-building, data analysis display, and being able "to build a case"

Education and Training Requirements:
  • 5+ years of progressive work experience in financial and/or business administration and/or government administration and/or project management
  • Comfort with presentation building and oral presentation
  • Experience with statistics, data analysis, and/or program improvement a plus
  • Ability to meet deadlines and handle multiple projects
  • Experience with fire service a plus
  • Master's degree in a government or public administration, public policy, business, public health, economics or related field
Additional Optional Or Replacement Requirements
  • Minimum of 5 years Project Management experience managing multiple, large, cross functional teams or projects. An applicable Master's degree can substitute for 1 to 2 years of experience.
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) certification or Master's Certificate in Project Management preferred.
Additional Information

Salary: $110,000 - $120,000

Please submit a resume and cover letter with your application.

As a condition of employment with the City of Philadelphia, employees starting employment on or after September 1, 2021 must be vaccinated.

The City of Philadelphia is an Equal Opportunity employer and does not permit discrimination based on race, ethnicity, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, marital status, source of income, familial status, genetic information or domestic or sexual violence victim status. If you believe you were discriminated against, call the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations at 215-686-4670

For more information, go to: Human Relations Website:
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